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Friday, January 4, 2013

Fourth in a series

For Shelbyville's public works, 2013 is going to be the year for stormwater management.

As the city's various departments lay out goals, much of public works director Mark Clanton's focus will be to get the city in compliance with federal environmental regulations before the end of the year.

City manager Jay Johnson explained that at the council level, the city's stormwater codes are being reviewed and updated to meet federal MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) guidelines.

The MS4 guidelines is a federally mandated project, and Johnson said over this year, "there's going to be a lot of time and discussion spent on stormwater management."

Expensive mandate

Shelbyville will hire a consulting firm to completely review and update storm water ordinances, manuals, and subdivision regulations to include the new EPA permit requirements under the state department of environment and conservation's permit.

It is believed the required work will be costly. In November, the city council was told that the stormwater management plan will need to be stretched out over two budget cycles, with $25,000 already allocated for this year, and the rest to be paid in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

If the required changes are not in place by the end of the year, a $10,000 to $15,000 fine could be levied, which can be charged concurrently for each day that the city is not in compliance.

Clanton stated in his goals that drainage infrastructure inspections are about 80 percent complete.

More signs

Clanton also listed several goals pertaining to city streets, such as replacing signage to meet the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) regulations, another federal mandate.

The new signs must be in place by December, and Clanton hopes to have them done by June. The regulations began in 2009, when the city began tackling the task of replacing each sign that identified roads and streets, making them larger and more visible.

Much of that has already been done, and the speed limit, directional signs and other markings are the next step in the process for the department.

The city's paving plan is to be updated, and work will also be done for grants to make improvements such as sidewalks, landscaping and resurfacing of city streets.

New cans?

As for sanitation, Clanton has proposed phasing in 96-gallon trash containers in some areas of the city that could be used by an automated system over the next five years.

In 2011, the city council discussed the possibility of going to the automated system. Two new garbage trucks purchased at the time can handle the system. However, the cost of buying containers for all residents would cost around $300,000. Each can costs approximately $50.

Johnson explained that the idea would involve having the city buy 1,000 containers a year, and within four to five years, there would be enough containers to handle all the single-family residences.

However, the city manager noted that Shelbyville would have to borrow money via "a big bond issue" to pay for all of the new cans. Clanton also suggested starting with a small project area for the containers for public feedback, efficiency and to get them into the public eye.

Clanton also wrote that he wants to start some form of recycling program in Shelbyville and evaluate the best operational use for the city, as well as working on grants for that effort.